Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 29. November 2014 at 3 p.m.

263 Lots

Our 2014 autumn auction

The generational change has set in motion a restructuring phase in the art market. Many collections compiled over the course of decades are now being dissolved, none more so than carpet collections. Heirs often feel no affinity with oriental carpets collected by their parents or grandparents and decide to sell them. Experienced older collectors frequently put up their treasures for auction during their lifetimes so as to have a hand in the proceedings themselves. This means that very good objects are returning to the market. Our autumn auction offers numerous examples of this trend.

Most of the fifteen Suzanis included in our A 85 sale have been consigned from the UK. The collector purchased them from leading rug dealers and is now selling them for reasons of age. – An elderly lady from northern Italy with many years of collecting experience has consigned forty-five carpets and textiles, instructing us to apply very moderate guide prices to ensure that preferably all her pieces will find new owners. We have indicated the provenance of this particular collection (Signora Gallo Collection). – Most of the Anatolian kilims are from two private collections. A Palatinate manufacturer was deeply involved in kilims for thirty years, but his children pursue other interests. A Swiss architect discovered his love of Anatolian kilims during many years of living in oriental countries. One of the greatest experts on Islamic architecture, he restored Islamic old towns on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation and came into close contact with oriental textiles during his work. – Since the re-establishment of our company in 1987, Rippon Boswell has been able to successfully auction many rare and valuable Turkmen rugs. A particular highlight of this sale is the Eagle Group I carpet showing a stripe design which has been consigned from the USA.

The items offered at this sale also include several European pieces. The five cushion covers dating from the late Renaissance period were woven in northern German workshops run by Dutch emigrants and are truly lucky finds. The UK consignor purchased them from the famous C. John company in London a long time ago. Moreover, we are pleased to offer two modern French pictorial weavings. Woven ca. 1950 in the tapestry technique, the “Le Tarasque” Aubusson tapestry is based on a design by Jean Lurçat. The Picasso pile rug “Le Vase” was woven at Marie Cutolli’s Paris studio to an original design by Pablo Picasso in 1960.

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  • Pskent Suzani

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    • Lot70
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions257 x 207 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    Unlike most of the Suzanis from other provenances, the ground of Pskent Suzanis is entirely covered in embroidery. In this example of rare design, a huge floral star with a circular surround fills the entire width of the field. Circular blossoms at the ends of the field complete the impressive composition. – Good condition, backed with canvas.

    FLING, RUSSELL S., Khans, Nomads & Needlework. Suzanis and Embroideries of Central Asia. Columbus, Ohio 2012, pl. p. 55

  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot71
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions160 x 129 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,800
    An early Yomut tent door rug. Decorated with tree forms, the field is divided into four sections by a hatchlu cross; the compartments vary in size as the horizontal panel has been shifted downwards. The upper of the two elems, likewise decorated with tree forms, has been incorporated into the border section while the lower one, with a rare design of offset rows of small trees bearing pairs of leaves and trident motifs on a dark-brown ground, constitutes a true additional design stripe. – Uniformly low pile, somewhat reduced ends, new overcasting along the sides.
  • Yomut Asmalyk

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    • Lot72
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions73 x 124 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    An early Yomut asmalyk woven in a flat format in mellow patinated colours. The border section is wider than usual at the sides; the gable shows a rare design of diagonal stripes. – Good condition.
  • Shusha Long Rug

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    • Lot73
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions505 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A splendidly coloured long rug from the workshops of Shusha, then the capital of the Karabagh region. The midnight blue field displays a diamond lattice design enclosing flowering shrubs. The blazing red main border contains hooked diamonds and pairs of arrows. – New overcasting along the sides, both ends slightly reduced. Several repiled sections. Good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot74
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions175 x 135 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    In this red-ground Bergama, a powerful dark blue shield form encloses a large red stepped motif of almost the same size as well as a smaller, green diamond-shaped central medallion. The golden yellow border displays a geometric stylised vine and star-shaped blossoms. The field design echoes the tradition of the much earlier Ghirlandaio carpets. In the Bergama region, antique design concepts were retained over a very long period of time, but were of course adapted and modified to suit the prevailing taste of the period, allowing them to be dated on the basis of stylistic aspects. – Original upper kilim finish, somewhat reduced at the bottom, new overcasting along the sides. Various old restored sections. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection

    CONCARO, EDOARDO & LEVI, ALBERTO, Sovrani Tappeti. Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX seculo. Milan 1999, no. 27

  • Tekke Kapunuk

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    • Lot75
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions97 x 117 x 20 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,500
    Most of the white-ground trappings of this kind – unmistakeable on account of their shape of one horizontal panel and right-angled arms – were made by the Tekke, Salor and Saryk. The memorable design consists of large curled leaves attached to a wavy vine. Such trappings were part of the bridal dowry and fixed to the inner door frame of the bridal tent during wedding ceremonies. Published by Eskenazi as early as 1983, this very finely woven example with a carefully drawn design in unfaded colours is a very beautiful collector’s item. – Good condition, with the pile preserved at its original height; original finishes all around.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 14 *** Bausback, Peter, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1979, p. 119 *** HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadens

    ESKENAZI, JOHN J., Il Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1987, no. 264

  • Tekke Mafrash

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    • Lot76
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions30 x 82 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    The rare design of this small red-ground bag face – three vertical white rectangles enclosing a tree motif, small geometric abstract shrubs and a border of “C”-forms – shows a close affinity with Tekke kapunuks. It was not only used by the Tekke, but also by other Turkmen tribes such as the Saryk and Yomut. Tent bags smaller than a torba are described as mafrash or kap. – Complete with the kilim back; some damage to the sides. The ruby silk sections of the pile are corroded.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. London 1980, pl. XXIII (kapunuk) *** TZAREVA, ELENA, Rugs & Carpets From Central Asia. The Russian Collections. Harmondsworth & Leningrad 1984, no. 60 *** WALKER, DANIEL, Oriental Rugs of the Hajji Ba

  • Ndop Textile

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    • Lot77
    • OriginWest Africa, Cameroon
    • Dimensions241 x 234 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    Dyed in the batik technique and always simply in two colours, indigo and white, cotton fabrics of this kind were joined into large rectangular covers known as ndop by the women of the Bamiléké tribe. The Bamiléké inhabited the grasslands of Cameroon, hence the yarn they employed was plaited grass. Due to their dyeing technique, the abstract designs of stripes and pattern blocks seen in ndop textiles appear to be drawn in chalk onto the blue ground. Use of these visually very impressive textiles was reserved to the chieftains of the tribe. Old photographs show that the covers were extended to create dividing walls separating the ruler’s quarters. At assemblies the chieftain would be seated at the centre of a ndop cover, after which nobody was allowed to step on the cover, which thus defined a restricted area. – Good condition.
  • Ura Tube Suzani

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    • Lot78
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions273 x 225 cm
    • AgeDated 1288 AH = 1871 AD
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    Light red in ground colour, this large Suzani was probably made in Ura Tube. A small disc-shaped medallion containing a cross device constitutes the centre of the composition. Delicately drawn vines decorated with flowers and botehs encircle the central design like rings or move away from it in straight lines towards the sides, ends and corners of the field. The same type of vine forms a lively undulating line in the main border. A Persian inscription embroidered in white calligraphy translates to the effect that completion of a piece of work brings happiness, but the end of a lifetime causes sadness. It also gives a date, "in the year 1288”. Only a very few inscribed Suzanis are known. – Very good condition.

    HASSON, RACHEL, Flowering Gardens Along the Silk Road. Embroidered Textiles from Uzbekistan. Jerusalem 2001, pl. p. 28

  • Kermina Suzani

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    • Lot79
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions241 x 155 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR14,500
    In this large Suzani from Kermina, the intense colours with a metallic sheen are remarkable. The field presents a diamond lattice of boldly drawn green twigs enclosing circular and fan-shaped blossoms in predominantly crimson and orange-red shades. The size of the motifs makes the design appear highly compact. The border contains circular and fan-shaped blossoms decorated with green serrations and linked by a surrounding vine. – Good condition. Backed with canvas.